THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
SENATOR THE HON. MARISE PAYNE
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY
THE HON. CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION
THE HON. PETER DUTTON MP
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST P-8A POSEIDON TOUCHES DOWN
Australia’s newest addition to our airforce, the P-8A Poseidon, is a cutting edge surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft which will dominate the skies around the nation’s coastline. It will greatly enhance Australia’s ability to keep our borders secure and guard our maritime approaches.
The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Minister for Defence Industry the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, together with the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, welcomed the new Poseidons in Canberra today.
These new aircraft will strengthen our existing comprehensive maritime surveillance capability, helping secure Australia’s borders, play a vital role in the fight against people smugglers and providing state of the art anti-submarine defences.
The P-8A Poseidon is a modern, highly reliable aircraft based on the commercially-proven Boeing B737, modified to incorporate the latest maritime surveillance and attack capabilities.
This aircraft has been designed by the US Navy to dominate in Anti-Submarine Warfare and will work closely with existing Australian Border Force assets to protect our border.
This is the first of 15 aircraft the Government committed to in the 2016 Defence White Paper, with 12 already contracted to be delivered by March 2020.
These aircraft will be based and sustained at Edinburgh, creating over 30 direct jobs.
The acquisition includes development and sustainment cooperation with the United States Navy and will keep the RAAF P-8A at the forefront of maritime patrol aircraft innovation for years to come.
The 15 P-8A Poseidons and up to seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft will together provide an advanced maritime surveillance capability to replace the ageing AP-3C Orion platform.
Imagery of the P-8A arriving in Australia can be found at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20162831
Prime Minister’s Office: Caitlin Keage 0427 729 987
Minister Payne’s Office: Henry Budd 0429 531 143
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Minister Dutton’s Office: John Wiseman 0417 498 570